CWUNewsNews Workforce Readiness Presentation, 14 Aug 2014 15:01:39<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 657px; float: left;"></p>Yakima Valley Stand Down, 06 Aug 2014 16:43:26<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 455px; height: 600px;"></p>Welcome Home Veterans, 06 Aug 2014 16:29:17<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 463px; height: 600px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p>Graduating Veterans, SALUTE Inductees Honored, 12 Jun 2014 09:13:19<p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>More than 70 veterans will graduate from CWU in June. They were honored at a reception June 4.</p><p>Ten of those veterans became members of SALUTE (Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, and Excellence), the veteran’s national honor society. CWU has the only chapter of SALUTE in Washington State.</p><p>At the ceremony, graduates were awarded CWU Veteran Alumni challenge coins to celebrate their success.</p><p>CWU Veteran Center’s Ruben Cardenas, outreach recruiter, and Susie Beador, director, presented the Veteran Alumni coins. According to Cardenas, challenge coins have a long and illustrious history throughout the armed forces. They originated in World War I, when a fighter squadron was issued the coins before battle. The legend is that the coin saved a young airman’s life, by establishing his identity when he was thought to be a spy. Challenge coins are now presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. The challenge coin is a treasured and respected representation of the organization minted on the coin.</p><p>Ralf Greenwald, CWU psychology professor and SALUTE chapter advisor, presented the SALUTE challenge coins and certificates. The new inductees to the honor society are Andrew Johnson, Jason Reis, Michael Schultz, Melody Wright, Dan Burke, Benjamin Cohen, Michael Porter, Lori Harmer, Kristel Hallsson, and Nancy Tapia.</p><p>Sarah Swager, dean, Student Success; Marilyn Levine, provost and vice president, Academic and Student Life; and Keith Champagne, associate dean, Student Development, spoke at the reception and congratulated the students on their successes.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, <a href=""></a></p>CWU Veterans Center Survey, 03 Apr 2014 10:22:20<p>We have collaborated with multiple entities in the CWU community to create a survey that will help us better serve the needs of our CWU Veteran community.&nbsp; Participation in the survey is completely voluntary.&nbsp; If you would like to participate in the survey, please go to the following link.&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>You can also find the link on our website:<a href="http://" target="_blank"></a></p><p>We appreciate your input and look forward to continuing and strengthening the services we provide.</p><p>Thank you.</p><p>Veterans Center Staff</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Translating Your Military Experience Workshop, 13 Feb 2014 09:31:50<p>Veterans, do you realize how valuable your military training and experience can be in choosing a career direction and finding employment? The Veterans Center and Career Services have collaboratively created a workshop to help veterans find a career path and build a resume using their military experience. This workshop is equally useful for all veterans, regardless of class standing. Plan to attend this worthwhile event on <strong>February 26th from 4-5:30 PM in the Brooks Library Academic &amp; Research Commons</strong>.</p>CWU First University to Launch Mobile App for Veterans, 30 Jan 2014 07:36:08<p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px;"></p><p>Central Washington University is the first university in the United States to use a special web and mobile application to help military veterans connect to colleges to earn degrees.</p><p>Key components of the Veterans App (VAPP), developed by Edmonds-based <a href="" target="_blank">Operation Military Family</a>, are a lockbox for online storage of military service records and the ability of users to browse veterans’ service providers by major categories. The VAPP platform also provides a checklist of required steps needed to transition out of the military.</p><p>"VAPP will reduce the frustration of navigating complicated state and federal rules and services," said John Swiney, associate vice president for Enrollment Management. "This puts crucial information at veterans' fingertips, and reduces time and travel costs for finding services, benefits, compensation, and training. It also gives service members real-time access to information and services in a designated area.”</p><p>CWU is also specifically highlighted on the first-of-its-kind VAPP Checklist pilot program, a web-only application, limited to active service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) as they transition out of the Army. As a select sponsor of VAPP, CWU anticipates veteran recruitment and enrollment, both at Ellensburg and at CWU’s campuses statewide, will grow.</p><p>The Veterans App is available at The link can also be found on CWU’s web site under Services, and on Admission’s and Veteran’s web pages under Related Links.</p><p>Swiney said CWU sought out VAPP to accommodate the dramatic increase in new veterans at Central—175 percent in just three years. He said the new app allows service members to personally connect to VA representatives.</p><p>"Veterans eventually won't have to type in the same information over and over, and that saves everyone time and reduces the likelihood of data-entry errors," explained Swiney. "We want to do everything we can to make application to CWU as simple and stress-free as possible.</p><p>“More than 20,000 veterans from JBLM will be going through the Active Duty Transition Process in the next two years. And those who investigate education through the VAPP checklist process will always see CWU's Preferred Sponsorship Logo linking to our VAPP Web page," said Swiney, adding that VAPP is formatted for both Web and mobile devices.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>CWU College of Business Career Fair, 17 Oct 2013 13:54:16<p><strong>Friday, Nov 1, 2013<br>10:00 am to 2:00 pm</strong><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>CWU DES MOINES</strong><br><strong>Building 29 Atrium</strong></p><p>CWU College of Business ONLY Fair presented by Career Services and the College of Business. Companies will be seeking CWU Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, Sales, Sport Marketing, and Supply Chain Management Majors/Concentration Students and Alumni for internships and jobs.</p><p><strong>Prior to the event--from 9 AM to 10 AM--we are hosting a Pre-Fair Reception for Veterans and Employers.&nbsp; Several participating employers have indicated they would like to meet with you to discuss opportunities with their organizations.&nbsp; These employers include: Fluke Electronics, ThyssenKrupp Aerospace, and the United Way.&nbsp; I hope you will consider participating.</strong><br><br>If you plan to attend the Veteran and Employer Pre-Fair Reception, please reply to me at<br>The Pre-Fair Reception is being provided for by the Student Leadership Group of the Des Moines Campus.</p><p><strong>STUDENTS/ALUMNI:</strong><br>For more information and to view registered employers visit the Wildcat Career Network:<br><a href=""></a></p><p>To participate, you must register at the COB site AND through Wildcat Ticketing:</p><ul><li>College of Business Registration:<br><a href="" target="_blank"></a></li><li>Wildcat Ticketing Single Event Registration,&nbsp;<strong>Cost $15 (includes lunch)</strong>:<a href="" target="_blank"><br></a></li></ul><p><br><strong>EMPLOYERS:<br>Deadline to register, October 25, 2013&nbsp;</strong><br>To register and learn more about this event visit the Wildcat Career Network:<br><a href=""></a></p><p>Register for this fair and the&nbsp;<a href="">Fall Job, Internship &amp; Grad Schools Fair</a>&nbsp;on October 24 and receive a $50 discount!</p><p>For more information contact:<br>Angie Engel, Career Counselor<br>206.439.3800 X3841<br><a href=""></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/veterans/sites/" style="width: 456px; height: 600px;"></p>CWU Preparation, Federal Plan Reduce Government Shutdown Effects on Students, 01 Oct 2013 11:52:07<p>October 1, 2013</p><p>ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Rapid processing of federal financial aid and federal contingency plans will protect students at Central Washington University from the most extreme effects of the shutdown of the federal government. The failure of Congress to approve a continuing budget resolution by midnight last night will disrupt the operation of federal programs, including agencies and programs that fund higher education research and many student assistance programs.</p><p>"In preparation for the imminent shutdown, CWU requested reimbursement for all federal awards that had incurred costs. However, we can only be reimbursed for funds we've spent," explained Connie Williams, associate vice president for Business and Financial Affairs. "We've received payment for about 83 percent of what has and will be spent in the next few weeks. We'll cover the remaining 17 percent until Congress agrees on a budget."</p><p>Last week CWU received a memo from US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) outlining the contingency plan for the US Department of Education (DOE) in the event of a government shutdown. The memo said work required to process Pell Grants and subsidized and unsubsidized student loans will continue as normal. Federal employees necessary to support those functions are among the agency's top priorities.</p><p>Federal reimbursements to CWU received so far total about $13.7 million in federal loans and $70,000 for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), a federal assistance grant reserved for college students with the greatest financial need. As of close of business yesterday, the last day of the federal fiscal year, Williams said about $5 million in loan packages had been offered to, but not officially accepted by, students. If the aid is accepted within the next week, CWU may have to cover those payments until Congress approves a budget.</p><p>Of the total Pell grant funding of $5.5 million, CWU has allocated and received federal payment for about $4 million. Williams said CWU also will hold Pell recipients harmless from the effects of the government shutdown.</p><p>"The bottom line is that students, who were awarded and have accepted federal financial grants and loans by September 30, should not be affected by the federal government shut down," said Williams.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU federal research and non-research funding also may be affected, because reimbursement requests for other grants and contracts are typically processed after September 30, the last day of the federal fiscal year. Funding processing may be suspended until a continuing resolution is approved. The university will be able to submit requests for new awards, but they will not be processed until a new continuing resolution is adopted.</p><p>CWU already has received federal funding for the 2013-2014 school year for the McNair Scholars program, the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), Higher Education Program (HEP), Student Support Services (SSS), and for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, which prepares more than 2,000 middle school students in central Washington for success in college.</p><p>However, CWU’s Army ROTC program received a direct hit. Government Services employees had to be furloughed, which will delay books, tuition, room and board and monthly stipends for cadets, since appropriate paperwork cannot be processed. The program is working with the university to avoid any adverse affects on students.</p><p>At this time there is no information on any impact to veteran’s programs through CWU’s Veterans Center.</p><p>Under the contingency plan of the DOE, 90 percent of employees would be immediately furloughed. During the first week of a shutdown the agency would maintain only functions related to the discharge of the duties of presidentially-appointed, senate-confirmed individuals; the protection of life and property; and, as appropriate, the obligation, payment, and support of student financial aid as well as other pre-authorized payments and obligations.</p><p>A shutdown lasting longer than a week, could affect the processing of student loans/grants and payments. Programs using mandatory or multi-year funding from a prior year would continue to operate through a government shutdown, though likely at a slower rate with far fewer employees. The text of the full OMB Contingency Plan may be accessed at: <a href=""></a></p><p><br>Media Contact: Linda Schactler, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 509-963-1384</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, <a href=""></a></p>Fall Quarter 2013 GI Bill Enrollment Certification, 12 Sep 2013 16:11:31<p>Please provide our office with a copy of your fall quarter schedule once you have completed your registration for fall. We will not certify an enrollment unless you have notified our office. This can be done by email, fax, or bringing in a copy of your schedule.</p><p>Just a reminder, enrollment certifications for each quarter will be submitted after the add/drop period and after all tuition and fee charges, financial aid, tuition assistance, tuition waivers, or scholarships are posted.</p><p>Thank You,</p><p>Veterans Center Staff</p>